|Danny Hillis: Back to the future (of 1994) - TED.com|
From deep in the TED archive, Danny Hillis outlines an intriguing theory of how and why technological change seems to be accelerating, by linking it to the very evolution of life itself. The presentation techniques he uses may look dated, but the ideas are as relevant as ever.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED1994; TED; Talks; future; science; technology; 1994
|Chris Gerdes: The future race car -- 150mph, and no driver - TED.com|
Autonomous cars are coming -- and they’re going to drive better than you. Chris Gerdes reveals how he and his team are developing robotic race cars that can drive at 150 mph while avoiding every possible accident. And yet, in studying the brainwaves of professional racing drivers, Gerdes says he has gained a new appreciation for the instincts of professional drivers. (Filmed at TEDxStanford.)
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; cars; future; technology; TEDxStanford; 2012
|Don Tapscott: Four principles for the open world - TED.com|
The recent generations have been bathed in connecting technology from birth, says futurist Don Tapscott, and as a result the world is transforming into one that is far more open and transparent. In this inspiring talk, he lists the four core principles that show how this open world can be a far better place.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; business; future; technology; TEDGlobal 2012; 2012
|Sarah Jones: What does the future hold? 11 characters offer quirky answers - TED.com|
Sarah Jones changes personas with the simplest of wardrobe swaps. In a laugh-out-loud improvisation, she invites 11 "friends" from the future on stage—from a fast-talking Latina to an outspoken police officer—to ask them questions supplied by the TED2014 audience.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; future; humor; performance; theater; TED2014; 2014
|Amber Case: We are all cyborgs now - TED.com|
Technology is evolving us, says Amber Case, as we become a screen-staring, button-clicking new version of homo sapiens. We now rely on "external brains" (cell phones and computers) to communicate, remember, even live out secondary lives. But will these machines ultimately connect or conquer us? Case offers surprising insight into our cyborg selves.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDWomen; TED; Talks; anthropology; computers; culture; cyborg; future; technology; 2010
|Aubrey de Grey says we can avoid aging - TED.com|
Cambridge researcher Aubrey de Grey argues that aging is merely a disease -- and a curable one at that. Humans age in seven basic ways, he says, all of which can be averted.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDGlobal 2005; TED; Talks; aging; biotech; disease; engineering; future; health care; science; technology; transhuman; 2005
|Kevin Kelly on how technology evolves - TED.com|
Tech enthusiast Kevin Kelly asks "What does technology want?" and discovers that its movement toward ubiquity and complexity is much like the evolution of life.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2005; TED; Talks; choice; culture; evolution; future; history; philosophy; science; technology; 2005
|Mae Jemison on teaching arts and sciences together - TED.com|
Mae Jemison is an astronaut, a doctor, an art collector, a dancer ... Telling stories from her own education and from her time in space, she calls on educators to teach both the arts and sciences, both intuition and logic, as one -- to create bold thinkers.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2002; TED; Talks; art; arts; dance; education; future; science; space; technology; 2002
|Jonathan Drori: Why we're storing billions of seeds - TED.com|
In this brief talk from TED U 2009, Jonathan Drori encourages us to save biodiversity -- one seed at a time. Reminding us that plants support human life, he shares the vision of the Millennium Seed Bank, which has stored over 3 billion seeds to date from dwindling yet essential plant species.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2009; TED; Talks; biodiversity; biology; biosphere; environment; future; life; science; 2009
|Kevin Kelly on the next 5,000 days of the web - TED.com|
At the 2007 EG conference, Kevin Kelly shares a fun stat: The World Wide Web, as we know it, is only 5,000 days old. Now, Kelly asks, how can we predict what's coming in the next 5,000 days?
Keywords: TEDTalks; EG 2007; TED; Talks; communication; complexity; future; technology; web; 2007
|Larry Burns on the future of cars - TED.com|
General Motors veep Larry Burns previews cool next-gen car design: sleek, customizable (and computer-enhanced) vehicles that run clean on hydrogen -- and pump energy back into the electrical grid when they're idle.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; alternative energy; cars; design; energy; future; green; technology; TED2005; 2005
|Ray Kurzweil: A university for the coming singularity - TED.com|
Ray Kurzweil's latest graphs show that technology's breakneck advances will only accelerate -- recession or not. He unveils his new project, Singularity University, to study oncoming tech and guide it to benefit humanity.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2009; TED; Talks; computers; education; future; nanoscale; prediction; science; technology; 2009
|George Dyson on Project Orion - TED.com|
Author George Dyson spins the story of Project Orion, a massive, nuclear-powered spacecraft that could have taken us to Saturn in five years. His insider’s perspective and a secret cache of documents bring an Atomic Age dream to life.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; NASA; future; history; physics; rocket science; science; space; storytelling; technology; TED2002; 2002
|Ravin Agrawal: 10 young Indian artists to watch - TED.com|
Collector Ravin Agrawal delivers a glowing introduction to 10 of India's most exciting young contemporary artists. Working in a variety of media, each draws on their local culture for inspiration.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; Asia; art; arts; design; future; TEDIndia 2009; 2009
|Kevin Stone: The bio-future of joint replacement - TED.com|
Arthritis and injury grind down millions of joints, but few get the best remedy -- real biological tissue. Kevin Stone shows a treatment that could sidestep the high costs and donor shortfall of human-to-human transplants with a novel use of animal tissue.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; biology; design; future; medicine; technology; TED2010; 2010
|Rob Hopkins: Transition to a world without oil - TED.com|
Rob Hopkins reminds us that the oil our world depends on is steadily running out. He proposes a unique solution to this problem -- the Transition response, where we prepare ourselves for life without oil and sacrifice our luxuries to build systems and communities that are completely independent of fossil fuels.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; energy; environment; future; green; pollution; sustainability; technology; TEDGlobal 2009; 2009
|Stewart Brand on squatter cities - TED.com|
Rural villages worldwide are being deserted, as billions of people flock to cities to live in teeming squatter camps and slums. Stewart Brand says this is a good thing. Why? It’ll take you 3 minutes to find out.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2006; TED; Talks; business; cities; culture; future; global issues; poverty; short talk; technology; 2006
|Paul Root Wolpe: It's time to question bio-engineering - TED.com|
At TEDxPeachtree, bioethicist Paul Root Wolpe describes an astonishing series of recent bio-engineering experiments, from glowing dogs to mice that grow human ears. He asks: Isn't it time to set some ground rules?
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDxPeachtree; TED; Talks; biology; biomechanics; future; genetics; philosophy; science; 2010
|Liz Coleman's call to reinvent liberal arts education - TED.com|
Bennington president Liz Coleman delivers a call-to-arms for radical reform in higher education. Bucking the trend to push students toward increasingly narrow areas of study, she proposes a truly cross-disciplinary education -- one that dynamically combines all areas of study to address the great problems of our day.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; activism; collaboration; creativity; education; future; politics; social change; TED2009; 2009
|Kent Larson: Brilliant designs to fit more people in every city - TED.com|
How can we fit more people into cities without overcrowding? Kent Larson shows off folding cars, quick-change apartments and other innovations that could make the city of the future work a lot like a small village of the past.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; TEDxFeatured; cities; design; future; technology; tedx; TEDxBoston 2012; 2012
|Ian Goldin: Navigating our global future - TED.com|
As globalization and technological advances bring us hurtling towards a new integrated future, Ian Goldin warns that not all people may benefit equally. But, he says, if we can recognize this danger, we might yet realize the possibility of improved life for everyone.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; development; economics; future; global issues; technology; third world; TEDGlobal 2009; 2009
|Bill Joy: What I'm worried about, what I'm excited about - TED.com|
Technologist and futurist Bill Joy talks about several big worries for humanity -- and several big hopes in the fields of health, education and future tech.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; business; future; health; science; technology; TED2006; 2006
|Eric Giler demos wireless electricity - TED.com|
Eric Giler wants to untangle our wired lives with cable-free electric power. Here, he covers what this sci-fi tech offers, and demos MIT's breakthrough version, WiTricity -- a near-to-market invention that may soon recharge your cell phone, car, pacemaker.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDGlobal 2009; TED; Talks; engineering; entrepreneur; future; science; technology; 2009
|PW Singer on military robots and the future of war - TED.com|
In this powerful talk, P.W. Singer shows how the widespread use of robots in war is changing the realities of combat. He shows us scenarios straight out of science fiction -- that now may not be so fictitious.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; design; future; global issues; politics; robots; technology; violence; war; TED2009; 2009
|Nicholas Negroponte, in 1984, makes 5 predictions - TED.com|
With surprising accuracy, Nicholas Negroponte predicts what will happen with CD-ROMs, web interfaces, service kiosks, the touchscreen interface of the iPhone and his own One Laptop per Child project.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED1984; TED; Talks; demo; design; education; entertainment; future; interface design; media; technology; 1984
|Stewart Brand on the Long Now - TED.com|
Stewart Brand works on the Clock of the Long Now, a timepiece that counts down the next 10,000 years. It's a beautiful project that asks us to think about the far, far future. Here, he discusses a tricky side problem with the Clock: Where can we put it?
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2004; TED; Talks; architecture; art; design; future; technology; 2004
|David Byrne: How architecture helped music evolve - TED.com|
As his career grew, David Byrne went from playing CBGB to Carnegie Hall. He asks: Does the venue make the music? From outdoor drumming to Wagnerian operas to arena rock, he explores how context has pushed musical innovation.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; architecture; arts; future; history; music; TED2010; 2010
|Scott McCloud on comics - TED.com|
In this unmissable look at the magic of comics, Scott McCloud bends the presentation format into a cartoon-like experience, where colorful diversions whiz through childhood fascinations and imagined futures that our eyes can hear and touch.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; art; arts; book; children; computers; creativity; design; entertainment; future; history; TED2005; 2005
|Stephen Petranek counts down to Armageddon - TED.com|
How might the world end? Stephen Petranek lays out the challenges that face us in the drive to preserve the human race. Will we be wiped out by an asteroid? Eco-collapse? How about a particle collider gone wild?
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2002; TED; Talks; climate change; future; global issues; humanity; space; technology; 2002
|Saul Griffith's kites tap wind energy - TED.com|
In this brief talk, Saul Griffith unveils the invention his new company Makani Power has been working on: giant kite turbines that create surprising amounts of clean, renewable energy.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; alternative energy; energy; engineering; environment; future; TED2009; 2009
|Alex Tabarrok on how ideas trump crises - TED.com|
The "dismal science" truly shines in this optimistic talk, as economist Alex Tabarrok argues free trade and globalization are shaping our once-divided world into a community of idea-sharing more healthy, happy and prosperous than anyone's predictions.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2009; TED; Talks; business; china; culture; economics; future; global issues; happiness; health; history; 2009
|Aimee Mullins and her 12 pairs of legs - TED.com|
Athlete, actor and activist Aimee Mullins talks about her prosthetic legs -- she's got a dozen amazing pairs -- and the superpowers they grant her: speed, beauty, an extra 6 inches of height ... Quite simply, she redefines what the body can be.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2009; TED; Talks; activism; beauty; design; future; prosthetics; sports; technology; 2009
|Nicholas Negroponte: A 30-year history of the future - TED.com|
MIT Media Lab founder Nicholas Negroponte takes you on a journey through the last 30 years of tech. The consummate predictor highlights interfaces and innovations he foresaw in the 1970s and 1980s that were scoffed at then but are ubiquitous today. And he leaves you with one last (absurd? brilliant?) prediction for the coming 30 years.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; computers; future; innovation; intelligence; interface design; prediction; technology; TED2014; 2014
|Jamais Cascio on tools for a better world - TED.com|
We all want to make the world better -- but how? Jamais Cascio looks at some specific tools and techniques that can make a difference. It's a fascinating talk that might just inspire you to act.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2006; TED; Talks; culture; future; global issues; social change; technology; 2006
|Ray Kurzweil on how technology will transform us - TED.com|
Inventor, entrepreneur and visionary Ray Kurzweil explains in abundant, grounded detail why, by the 2020s, we will have reverse-engineered the human brain and nanobots will be operating your consciousness.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2005; TED; Talks; biotech; business; culture; future; invention; robots; science; technology; transhuman; 2005
|Ray Kurzweil: Get ready for hybrid thinking - TED.com|
Two hundred million years ago, our mammal ancestors developed a new brain feature: the neocortex. This stamp-sized piece of tissue (wrapped around a brain the size of a walnut) is the key to what humanity has become. Now, futurist Ray Kurzweil suggests, we should get ready for the next big leap in brain power, as we tap into the computing power in the cloud.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; AI; brain; cloud; evolution; future; technology; TED2014; 2014
|Yann Arthus-Bertrand captures fragile Earth in wide-angle - TED.com|
In this image-filled talk, Yann Arthus-Bertrand displays his three most recent projects on humanity and our habitat -- stunning aerial photographs in his series "The Earth From Above," personal interviews from around the globe featured in his web project "6 billion Others," and his soon-to-be-released movie, "Home," which documents human impact on the environment through breathtaking video.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2009; TED; Talks; art; climate change; environment; film; future; humanity; media; photography; 2009
|Nick Bostrom on our biggest problems - TED.com|
Oxford philosopher and transhumanist Nick Bostrom examines the future of humankind and asks whether we might alter the fundamental nature of humanity to solve our most intrinsic problems.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDGlobal 2005; TED; Talks; antidepressants; biotech; culture; death; future; global issues; happiness; philosophy; technology; transhuman; 2005
|Clay Shirky: How the Internet will (one day) transform government - TED.com|
The open-source world has learned to deal with a flood of new, oftentimes divergent, ideas using hosting services like GitHub -- so why can’t governments? In this rousing talk Clay Shirky shows how democracies can take a lesson from the Internet, to be not just transparent but also to draw on the knowledge of all their citizens.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; Internet; collaboration; future; government; law; open-source; politics; social media; software; technology; TEDGlobal 2012; 2012
|Marc Goodman: A vision of crimes in the future - TED.com|
The world is becoming increasingly open, and that has implications both bright and dangerous. Marc Goodman paints a portrait of a grave future, in which technology's rapid development could allow crime to take a turn for the worse.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; Internet; biology; crime; future; global issues; law; open-source; security; technology; violence; TEDGlobal 2012; 2012
|Stewart Brand proclaims 4 environmental 'heresies' - TED.com|
The man who helped usher in the environmental movement in the 1960s and '70s has been rethinking his positions on cities, nuclear power, genetic modification and geo-engineering. This talk at the US State Department is a foretaste of his major new book, sure to provoke widespread debate.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED@State; TED; Talks; alternative energy; climate change; development; environment; future; global issues; green; sustainability; urban planning; 2009
|Martin Rees asks: Is this our final century? - TED.com|
Speaking as both an astronomer and "a concerned member of the human race," Sir Martin Rees examines our planet and its future from a cosmic perspective. He urges action to prevent dark consequences from our scientific and technological development.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDGlobal 2005; TED; Talks; astronomy; climate change; complexity; cosmos; future; leadership; science; social change; technology; universe; 2005
|Robert Neuwirth on our "shadow cities" - TED.com|
Robert Neuwirth, author of "Shadow Cities," finds the world’s squatter sites -- where a billion people now make their homes -- to be thriving centers of ingenuity and innovation. He takes us on a tour.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDGlobal 2005; TED; Talks; business; cities; culture; development; entrepreneur; future; global issues; politics; social change; third world; 2005
|Bjorn Lomborg sets global priorities - TED.com|
Given $50 billion to spend, which would you solve first, AIDS or global warming? Danish political scientist Bjorn Lomborg comes up with surprising answers.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2005; TED; Talks; AIDS; Africa; business; choice; climate change; culture; disaster relief; economics; environment; future; global issues; poverty; 2005